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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

Public Lecture: An overview of exploratory research on Climate Change and Urban Transitions

24th November 2009, 19:00 to 21:00, Kingsley Barrat Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, DH1 3LE, Speaker: Dr Vanesa Castán Broto, UTACC Project, Durham University

Presented by Transition Durham, in collaboration with Beacon Northeast.

Attendance free, all welcome.

'Urban Transitions: climate change, global cities and the transformation of socio-technical systems' (UTACC) is a three year project examining the ways in which cities around the world are responding to climate change. Home to over half of the world's population, cities are significant sources of the greenhouse gases that lead to climate change and are also vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate. This project analyses how cities are addressing climate change through their energy and housing systems, and the social and technical factors that are shaping the possibilities for urban transitions in the face of a changing climate. In this special presentation on behalf of Transition Durham and the Beacon Programme for Public Engagement, Vanesa Castán Broto will present and discuss preliminary findings from the first phase of the project, a scoping study of 100 cities worldwide.

Vanesa Castán Broto is a post-doctoral Research Associate at the department of Geography in Durham University developing the theoretical and empirical evidence base for the UTACC project and responsible for its communication strategy. She has an interdisciplinary background in engineering and environmental sociology and has worked both in policy organisations and academia. Prior to joining the Geography department, she completed an Engineering Doctorate at the University of Surrey on the development on environmental controversy and environmental engineering, studying a case of land regeneration in the western Balkans. 

Further Information:

Transition Durham is a grassroots, autonomous initiative to explore how the Transition model can contribute to building community resilience in the face of Peak Oil and Climate Change, in Durham City and the surrounding area. For more information:

Beacon North East is a collaboration of Newcastle and Durham Universities and the Centre for Life in Newcastle, whose aim is to support and develop creative links between University staff and students and the 'public' (that is, people who are not staff or students). Beacon North East has a particular focus on participatory research, with the aim of encouraging University-community partnerships in setting research agendas, conducting, analysing and using research. More information can be found at

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